Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

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Course Code ACM30417
Course Title Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
Location Melbourne City Campus
Intake Dates Monthly
Fee Type Government Funding, Concession, Full Fee
Duration 1 Year

Course Overview

The Certificate III qualification reflects the role of individuals required to apply a broad range of knowledge and skills in varied contexts and undertake skilled work. Certificate III is suitable for experienced operators, technicians and trades workers. Certificate III serves also as a pathway for further learning.

Course Structure

Units of Competency

The Certificate III in Companion Animal Services requires 15 units of competency.

Core Units

ACMCAS301 – Work effectively in the companion animal industry
ACMSUS201 – Participate in the environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS203 – Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMINF301 – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMGAS301 – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

Elective Units

ACMCAS302 – Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care
BSBCUS301 – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
ACMCAS307 Provide companion animal hydro-bathing services
ACMGAS303 – Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMCAN311 – Care for young animals
ACMGAS302 – Provide enrichment for animals
ACMSPE304 – Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 – Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE312 – Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Applicant will be required to successfully complete an ACSF language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to participate in the course.



The further study pathways available to learners who undertake this qualification include:

  • ACM40417 Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services

Your Career

The following employment pathways are available to learners who complete this qualification:

  • Pet shop/aquarium assistant
  • Kennel attendant
  • Cattery attendant
  • Assistant dog trainer
  • Pet exerciser
  • Assistant grooming attendant


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Fee Types

Government Funding Concession Full Fee
Non-Traineeship  $250.00  $50.00  $6,500.00
Traineeship  $250.00  $50.00  $6,500.00

SBAT: $260.00
VETis Fee: $2000.00

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